Jesus made it clear that God wants to be passionate about our Christian life. “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm neither hot nor cold- I am about to spit you out of my mouth”.(Rev. 3:15-16) let’s live passionately for the lord!
God is not random, but precises when creating man.
The fact that I love Sunday’s because I have the chance to worship with my brothers and sisters as one in Christ, it’s also the beginning of the week. As an encouragement this week, I repost this short sermon of Joyce Meyer.
Lesson: Life will never satisfy your hunger..
I first saw pornography in grade school in magazines my friends had. Soon after seeing those magazines I started a masturbation habit. In high school, I experienced the typical teen hormones and often allowed my mind to fantasize about girls. I also pursued physical relationships with girls.
In college I continued to seek porn sources. My relationship with my girlfriend at the time was deeply affected by the porn I had seen. I was soon consumed with the desire for sex and allowed lust to control my mind. Since I did well academically and had an attractive girlfriend, my pride became an additional foothold for the devil. After college I entered the military, and delved further into pornography in its various forms. I also continued to pursue sexual relationships with women.
I thought that getting married would help me break my porn and masturbation habits. I was wrong. I remember my heart racing with adrenaline as I purchased porn mags from the local convenience store, slightly fearful that I might see someone from church. At the time, I was a group leader for the youth ministry, but the fear of being caught wasn’t enough to keep me from buying porn. After enjoying the porn for a few days, I would throw it away in shame and disgust, resolving never to look at it again. After a few weeks, I’d be back looking for more. It never brought satisfaction, but only a burning desire for more.
When I got connected to the internet, a whole new dimension of temptations hit me. Suddenly I could visit porn sites freely and secretly, anytime I wanted. The internet offered just about anything imaginable in porn, and I found myself looking regularly. I would plan times to surf for porn when my wife was away or after she went to bed. My addiction was steadily consuming me. I knew I had to stop, but didn’t know how to do so.
I knew that God had been calling me back to a relationship with him. I felt the Holy Spirit tugging at my heart and conscience. I started to recognize the deceptive “double life” I was leading: church-going Christian on the outside, sex addict on the inside. I knew it was wrong to look at porn and fantasize about sex, but it seemed too difficult to stop. I could go for 2 or 3 months of “sobriety” before falling again. It seemed like an endless cycle.
The truth about my situation was that I had been building a stronghold for sexual sin for many years by looking at porn, fantasizing and masturbating. This stronghold had become virtually invincible. The images I had viewed over the years were causing my memories to be a constant source of temptation. My porn habit was weakening my marriage and damaging our sex life. I was becoming more excited about looking at porn than being with my wife.
One night in July 1998 at around 2 AM, I could not sleep. I felt a strong prompting to ask God for help in getting free of my sex addiction. Instead of going in to the computer to surf for porn, I went to the living room and got on my knees to pray. I confessed my sin and desire to be free. I asked for God to forgive me and help me. This prayer was a sincere prayer, unlike the many half-hearted prayers I had offered in the past. Though there were no peals of thunder after I prayed, I was able to return to bed and sleep. The next day, I realized that something had changed inside me! God had done a wonderful work in me – I was different – somehow God changed me such that I could resist the urges to view porn and masturbate. I have been completely free of sex addiction since that night!
During the years since then, God has taught me how to walk in sexual purity. I learned about the spiritual side of sexual sin and other temptations. I learned how to receive healing from God and walk with him on a daily basis. I learned how the Holy Spirit plays a key role in helping us live as new persons in Christ. I’ve written about all of these things in the pages of this website in order to help others escape the snare of sex addiction and walk in victory that God has prepared for them.
If you are struggling with a sexual addiction, I want you to know that you too can have freedom. God is the one who can give you reliable help to permanently break addiction. There is no limit to the ways that God can and will move in your life if you ask him to.
Jesus did it!!!
I love to hear people turning back to the lord, and conquering trials, addictions, temptations, and so many agents against our future with Christ. This is a true life story and will love to share it with you guys as today is testimony day. Hallelujah!!!
I’m a wife of an inmate serving 30-to-life behind walls of broken dreams, and I’m also a Christian. I’ve been with my husband twenty-three years. Our lives have been a roller coaster ride dealing with Corrections and with families that were disappointed in us; also with many obstacles. But I can testify to the fact that it can be done.
I’ve written a book called “Redemption and Deliverance, From Sex, Pain and Deception.” In my book I relate how difficult it is to live this kind of life, but through the Grace of God we’re making it. When I first met my husband 23 years ago he wasn’t what I thought he was. He was a con artist, womanizer and liar. But because he was so good at deceiving people I couldn’t help but to fall in love with his lies. He knew how to say things that would make a woman melt. In my book I referred to him as a man with a “golden tongue.” It wasn’t too long before I realized what kind of man he truly was. I found out that he had many women and was telling them everything he was telling me. Actually he was addicted to sex.
It was through my emotional heartaches I began turning back to the Lord. You see, in the early years I fell away from God. He never left me, but I left Him. I began to read God’s Word again. He began showing me His promises over and over. Many times I wanted to leave my husband but I felt in my heart that a miracle was coming. I just kept growing closer to the Lord and started praying very earnestly for my husband. I had to stay no matter what kinds of heartaches I had to endure. I kept saying over and over to the Lord, “I don’t know how you can penetrate those stone walls and iron bars and my husband’s stony heart, but I know you can do it.” I just kept trusting and enduring whatever came my way, and believe me, it was extremely difficult, but I held on. Many people told me I was weak and crazy, but I think I was very strong to endure the things that I did. I didn’t tell my family what was going on because I was embarrassed and didn’t want to hear “I told you so.” But I could depend on them to pray no matter what, especially my mom.
It wasn’t until 15 years after we met that I began to witness a change in him. He became more patient; his temper didn’t fly like it did before. I just kept praying and trusting. I knew God was doing something in my husband. Finally one day he told me that he wasn’t going to have any other women in his life. It was difficult for me to believe him but down deep in my heart the Lord was telling me that I could believe it.
Then he told me that he had accepted the Lord into his heart. My heart was rejoicing and thanking God for I knew that only God could have brought about this special miracle. Since then our lives have been so different, we enjoy each other, pray together and read God’s Word together. Wow! What a change God made in our lives. Now my husband has less than a year before his first parole board. All I can do now is hope and pray that they will allow him to come home.
I wrote my book in hopes that it would encourage and help others and let people know that the Lord loves them and is there for them no matter what. It is a very powerful and true story.
You see, I can testify first hand that the Lord can bring us though anything. He had allowed me to go down so low that all I could do was to look up and there was my Heavenly Father with open arms. Yes! We are living proof of Redemption and Deliverance …
Hallelujah to the king of kings. Feel free to share the goodness of God in your life by sending your testimony to us at email@example.com. Also using this opportunity to appreciate Jesus did it!!!
Was surfing the net and came across this movement against abortion outside a clinic called “Charlotte Abortion Clinic” by over 100 churches.
Supporters of a 40-week pro-life march that has been ongoing outside a Charlotte abortion clinic are preparing for the rally’s highlight on Saturday called Love Life Charlotte.
Organizers for the event say that as many as 7,000 people will participate in the 1.3-mile prayer walk that will circle around A Preferred Women’s Health Center of Charlotte.
The prayer walk is the culmination of a 40-week “Journey of Hope” campaign where more than 100 area churches marched in prayer walks around the clinic. Pastors also preached on some Sunday mornings at the clinic and participants fasted in prayer on Wednesdays.
“The great thing about this is it is not a single event. It is week after week of churches coming together in the public square,” Love Life Charlotte founder and Charlotte-based businessman Justin Reeder told The Christian Post on Wednesday.
“That is not happening for the most part anywhere across denominational lines. They are not coming to see a headline speaker or a band, they are going to a dark place in our city that for the most part, nobody was going to for years. It’s John 17 being played out in our city week after week.”
Reeder said in the two years since the organization launched, it has helped some 800 families reconsider their plans for abortion.
“Our frontlines ministry teams were there to counsel them and get them on the mobile unit and show them a free ultrasound and connect them with mentors and getting them connected to our partner churches,” Reeder said.
Reeder, the Benham brothers, sons of Pastor Flip Benham, and other local pastors and business leaders will speak at Saturday’s prayer walk.
“We got Episcopalians standing arm-in-arm with Baptists, who are next to charismatics, who are next to Presbyterians,” Benham said. “Just hearing these pastors talk about the incredible unity that we have had is very humbling.”
Am happy this is turning up to be a movement especially from the church. May God see the movement through and produce positive results.
Source: Christian Headlines
It has been a hard season. For me, and for many of you too, I’m sure. Circumstances in my personal life, in my community, and in my country seem to keep getting more and more challenging, and I find myself struggling to keep my head up and my heart strong through it all.
It feels hard to have hope sometimes, doesn’t it?
When I think about holding on to hope despite discouragement and disappointment, I’m reminded of a verse in Proverbs.
Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
I know that heartsick feeling all too well, yet the promise of the second half of that verse seems harder to remember when I’m in the thick of hard circumstances.
“At first glance, this line doesn’t seem like it could be a comfort to those of us with sick hearts,” writes Rachelle Windham in her Relevant article “God Has a Purpose in Your Disappointment .” The picture of the “tree of life” is more beautiful than we might realize though.
“That same symbol is used in the Garden of Eden as the promise of provision, in Jeremiah 17 to illustrate a man whose trust is in the Lord, and in Revelation 22, which describes another tree of life that bears fruit in the new earth,” Windham writes.
This verse sums up so much of the struggle of having hope– it requires wholehearted trust in the Lord’s goodness, faithfulness, provision, and his promises. It can be so hard to have faith in the unseen and to stick it out for the long haul, holding on to the belief of good and glorious things to come in the future.
“Our hope will ultimately find their restful bliss in Christ and His redemptive plan,” Windham writes. “He alone has the power to forever wipe away tears. He alone has the ability to satisfy the deepest longings of our souls. Only Jesus can heal our sick hearts. The beautiful part is that the deferment only adds to the bliss of fulfillment. It’s worth the wait.”
But how do we wait well? How do we hold on to hope faithfully? How do we trust God completely, especially when we are discouraged?
Here are a few simple ideas for when life gets hard and you’re struggling to believe in God’s promises:
- Journal your gratitude. Using a simple journal like this one will help turn your focus from your frustrations to gratefulness instead. Spend a few moments each day writing out a few things you are thankful for– even if they feel small and insignificant. Over time, your attitude will begin to shift and you’ll start to notice a difference in your outlook on life.
- Spend time in prayer. If you aren’t sure where to start, consider doing a 30-day prayer challenge — the prompts and Scripture passages for each day will help you focus on different ways to draw near to the Lord as you communicate with him.
- Share with a trusted friend. Sharing your struggles, doubts, fears, and worries with a loved one will help you to feel less alone in it all, and will bring comfort and encouragement. Often, others are going through similar things, and we’d never know unless we take the first step to share our own stories! Call up a friend today or get a coffee date on the calendar, and open up about what you’re going through. Chances are, you’ll both leave feeling more empowered to face the struggles of life knowing you have someone else in your corner.
- Meditate on Scripture. The voices in our heads can get loud and overwhelming, but the more time we spend reading the Word of God , the more his truth will seep into our minds and hearts. Start with one verse to memorize (there is a whole collection of Bible verses on hope and spend time each day reading over it and reminding yourself of what the Bible says to be true.
“No ache will be wasted,” Windham says. “It all has a purpose. If you feel like you’ve been hit with one disappointment after another, know this: God is going to cash all that in one day.”
As we wait, through hard seasons and challenging circumstances, we can plant seeds of hope knowing that the Lord will bring them to life in abundance in his perfect timing. No matter what we are going through, no matter how we are feeling, the Lord has a purpose and a plan for it all. We can confidently have hope in him.
Source: Christian Headlines
Another inspiring short story talking about shaking off your problems and dunking up to greener pastures..
A man’s favorite donkey falls into a deep precipice. He can’t pull it out no matter how hard he tries. He therefore decides to bury it alive.
Soil is poured onto the donkey from above. The donkey feels the load, shakes it off, and steps on it. More soil is poured.
It shakes it off and steps up. The more the load was poured, the higher it rose. By noon, the donkey was grazing in green pastures.
After much shaking off (of problems) And stepping up (learning from them), One will graze in GREEN PASTURES.
Who agrees with me??? ☝☝☝
It’s another beautiful Wednesday and am so happy because it’s story Wednesday.. Yaaay!!! 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 please relax, read, digest, and see the true reality and moral lesson of this story.
Once upon a time a lady complained to her friend that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.
Her friend, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot.
He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his friend. The friend, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.
After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.
He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. “Tola, what do you see?”
“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied.
“Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.
“Moses, what does this mean?” she asked.
He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity– the boiling water.
However, each one reacted differently.
The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.
The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.
However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.
“Which are you,” he asked tola. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? “
Moral:In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.
Which one are you?
Inspired to share this by living3
Thank you Father, that my life and my future are in your hands.
Forgive me for the times that my plans are too full of myself and not consciously dependent upon you. Thank you for rescuing me from the messes I have made because of my failed plans built around my own foolish arrogance. I gladly place my plans, my life, and my future in submission to your will. In Jesus name. Amen!!!